App developers are pushing the envelope on a daily basis trying to improve and enhance our smartphone and tablet experiences. In fact, so many Android apps come out every day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s difficult to usurp the best of the best but if you’re getting bored with what you’ve got and want to try something new, check out the best new Android apps from the last month!
Bard is a fun little app. It lets you find YouTube videos, cut them up, and make fun little clips that you can share on various social media sites. The app includes a variety of pre-selected videos. That way you can learn how to use it. You can add other YouTube videos as well. Ones that you add will also be accessible to other users. It’s not the most amazing thing ever, but it’s a fun way to make a few clips that could bring some humor to some. It’s free to download with no in-app purchases.
Price: Free / Up to $5.49
Cornerfly is a customization app. It cuts off the corners of your phone and rounds them up. It’s similar to what you’d see on the LG G6. Ironically, this app actually works well on the G6 too. The basic features are free to use. There are additional options such as different corner sizing available if you go pro. Going pro also removes the advertising. It doesn’t do much in terms of functionality. However, it’s a fun customization if you’re looking for something different.
Price: Free / $1.99
Energy Bar is another Android customization app. It allows you to display your battery on top of your status bar. That way you can easily see how much you have left. You can configure it so that it’s a small bar at the top. Those who buy the full version can use their entire status bar. You’ll be able to customize things like the colors of the bar. It’s not the best thing ever, but it’s great for themers who want to try something different.
Focus Timer Reborn is a productivity app. It works by helping you time the parts of your work day where you’re productive. You can set the work timer for as long as you want. When it goes off, you set the break timer so you don’t dilly dally. The general idea is to help you stay on track and be as productive as possible without burning yourself out. It’ll also keep a log so you can track how you’ve been doing. It’s free to download and use so it’s worth a shot if you’ve been slacking at work lately.
Google is slowly stretching Hangouts into its own suite of business oriented communication apps. Hangouts Meet is one of those apps. It’s a video chatting app that lets you join meetings and conference calls. You can use the video function or disable the video portion and just use your voice. It supports up to 30 participants, integrates with Google Calendar, and more. You can join meetings as you please, but you’ll need a G Suite account to make full use of the features. The app itself is free to download.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month
IQBoxy is an expense management app. As you can imagine, it helps you track expenses. It features OCR support to help you digitize your receipts for future reference. It’s an essential tool for tax season, especially for freelancers and those who need to keep track of things for deductions. It also has a simple, Material Design interface. The app also boasts no humans behind the curtain so there is no one reading your receipts when you scan them. It won’t replace large expense tracking suites, but it’s a great tool to augment them.
Meteor is a new speed testing app. It’ll measure your download speed, upload speed, and ping like most apps. What makes it different is that it will give you a rough estimate of how good or bad your experience will be with apps that require data. It’ll also keep a log so you can check out your previous scores. It has some bugs that still need to be worked out. However, it’s completely free with no in-app purchases or advertising. So there’s that.
NBA VR is a new Google Daydream app. It lets you view special content from the NBA. That includes interviews, highlights, and other basketball related content. Unfortunately, it doesn’t let you watch entire games. At least not yet. You’ll only be able to download this on Google Daydream-enabled devices. Unfortunately that means most won’t be able to use this one. In any case, it’s free with no in-app purchases if you’re interested.
Pixbar helps your device look a bit more like a Google Pixel. It works by adding a few graphical elements to your navigation bar. You then move them so that they line up with your existing buttons. The result makes your phone look like a Pixel. It doesn’t support every device just yet and there are a few bugs here and there. However, it does actually work on devices that run stock Android. It’s $0.99 to try it out, but you can always get a refund if you don’t like it.
Supersonic is a new messaging app with a fun premise. You’ll be able to message people using voice messages. You hold the button, record your voice, and send it. The recipients can then listen to the messages. The app also converts what you say into a cute little message rife with emoji. So far, it seems to work well although the feature set is a little bare. We don’t anticipate it becoming the next WhatsApp or Snapchat, but we’re sure it’s fun for some people.